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Presented at the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing: Writing Outside the Classroom
February 15-16, 2013
This presentation tells the story of a cooperative effort between the English department and the Law School in creating a writing center: how the Center came to be, how and why it is staffed with graduate students from the English Department, and the practices that equalize the strengths of these two programs across the campus. Specifically, I will explore how our Center balances the best intentions of “writing in the disciplines” with the avoidance of potential danger zones that can come with collaboration.
It is my contention that while compositionists should continue to build bridges beyond the English Department, we must ensure that these relationships value the specialized knowledge we bring to the table, and that the power structures inherent in the system are balanced across the gap.